[FLASHBACK: Who Knew Porsha Williams Was a Butt Model?? (PHOTOS)]
Through her association with the popular reality show, Williams has managed to launch her Go Naked Hair line of extensions, a shapewear collection (Bodied By Porsha) and has a line of lingerie and accessories launching in the near future.
The RHOA/Dish Nation star is now taking center stage on the cover of Upscale Magazine’s March/April Beauty issue… her first ever magazine cover! And to top that off, she’s being featured in an eight-page spread (shot by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks) and has plenty to share when it comes to beauty!
More photos + excerpts from Porsha’s Upscale magazine feature below…
In the article, Porsha shares how she wasn’t always the knockout she is today, stating:
“I grew up living a good life,” she begins. “I was raised by my mom and spent weekends with my dad because they were separated. My mom has always been my biggest inspiration,” she recounts.
“She taught me that beauty comes from the inside out; but I also know that the outside does matter.” She pauses.
“My outside beauty wasn’t always so pretty, though. I went to school in DeKalb County, (Chapel Hill Elementary and Junior High) [and] was bullied all through elementary and junior high for being super skinny with big teeth, and, believe it or not, other black girls would tease me and pull my hair because it was long.”
Porsha on being perceived as an ‘airhead’…
“It’s funny, but not, that I can feel so confident in my own skin, even with my flaws.” She hates the dark circles around her eyes, for example.
“But my looks have warranted a general consensus that I’m ditzy or an airhead, thanks to the show. It’s meant for entertainment, so I get it. But off camera, behind the doors of my office, it’s a different story.”
Porsha on what she sees when she looks in the mirror…
When I look in the mirror, I see a survivor. I’ve been in abusive relationships, been shamed because of my looks and been damned because of my confidence,” she admits.
“I see a woman who owns who she is. I’m proud of myself, who I am and who I represent. I can be put to the test, and I always emerge more resilient each time. I speak a lot of positivity daily, because I do believe in the power of the tongue. So, even if I do see a blemish or a pudge, I’m okay with it. Really.
You can read the full article in Upscale Magazine’s March/April Issue, which hit stand this week.